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An alternative to thicken soup is to puree some cooked potato with vegetable broth. You can also use pureed soft tofu the same way. Blend the soft tofu with a little vegetable broth, then mix it in the soup.
Soups can also be thickened with a velvety mixture of cooked, pureed cauliflower and white beans. Substitute 1 part water and 3/4 part vegetable puree for milk or cream.